The Retail Apocalypse Is Suburban

Cities will weather this concentrated economic downturn because they went through it 50 years ago. Their neighbors may not be so lucky.

April 6 2017 1:15 PMLook on These Works and DespairThe proposals for Trump’s border wall are loud, ambitious, and dumb.
March 14 2017 9:00 AMFair Housing Still Has a Chance Under TrumpAn important rule, enacted late in the Obama administration, is just starting to knock down barriers in some of America’s most segregated places.
Feb. 23 2017 6:08 PMBoycott MiamiAnd every other spring-break destination that aids the Trump administration’s deportation plans.
Jan. 25 2017 8:11 PMThe Siege of Sanctuary Cities Has BegunPresident Trump wants to turn local police into deportation agents and punish cities that don’t comply. What happens when they fight back?
Jan. 11 2017 3:15 PMBen Carson Is an Insult to HUDThen again, the federal government has been mocking its own housing agency for half a century.
Dec. 30 2016 4:31 PMThe Best Things America Built in 2016A museum. A medical school. A synagogue. What we can learn from the most striking architecture of the year.
Nov. 20 2016 8:01 PMNot in Our TownCan American cities stop Trump from deporting millions?
Nov. 8 2016 5:51 AMWe Make Voting Feel GoodA 17-hour day. A lousy paycheck. And a chance to restore faith in the democratic process. Here’s what it’s like to be a poll worker.
Sept. 19 2016 4:16 PMPhoenix Has Beef With ArizonaFrom guns to puppies, the state keeps telling its citizens they can’t have the laws they want.
Aug. 29 2016 10:01 PMWhy Airports Can’t Stop False AlarmsBecause they require finding and isolating a threat that’s not there—and because civilians’ panic is completely rational.
July 26 2016 3:51 PMHow the Philadelphia Police Chilled Out About ProtestersThey were notoriously aggressive toward activists. Now they’re treating them with a softer touch.
July 18 2016 3:49 PMWhy Bicycling Infrastructure Fails BicyclistsBecause cities aren’t building complete networks—and police aren’t keeping them safe.
June 20 2016 11:10 AMUnder Armour’s Slam-Dunk DealThe apparel company’s owner is pursuing a real estate deal that will expand its footprint and help transform Baltimore. Is he asking too much of the city to do so?
May 4 2016 5:30 AMBulldoze Jane JacobsThe celebrated urban thinker wrote the blueprint for how we revitalize cities. It’s time to stop glorifying her theories.
April 22 2016 11:02 AMHow Minneapolis Made PrinceHis impeccable taste, adventurous sound, and career-spanning restlessness fermented in the city he never left.
April 3 2017 5:53 AMNo More RoadsRepublicans and Democrats can’t wait to pour money into our highways. That’s a dead end.
March 6 2017 5:55 AMA Threat by Any Other NameClimate change is political. Should planners talk about something else?
Feb. 3 2017 5:02 PMAustin vs. AustinIn Texas, the war between the GOP and sanctuary cities is on.
Jan. 12 2017 9:44 PMThe Anything-but-Housing SecretaryOn Capitol Hill, Ben Carson revealed he’s barely interested in the mission of the department he’s about to run.
Jan. 10 2017 1:02 PMCities Need a National Movement Against Conservative MeddlingGood news! The mayor of Tallahassee just started it.
Dec. 14 2016 5:55 AM“They Can Just Take an Uber”Cities across the country are cutting public transportation because they think ride-hailing services will fill the gap. They’ll regret it.
Nov. 13 2016 5:00 PMTrump CountryRural Americans have the power to pick our presidents. They just chose a politician who’s unwilling and unequipped to help them.
Oct. 28 2016 12:02 PMHalloween’s Gift to Urban PlanningIt’s called the trick-or-treat test. It’s brilliant. And Zillow ruined it.
Sept. 9 2016 5:53 AMThe Shackling of the American CityLocal governments want to set their own minimum wages, gun laws, and smoking bans. And statehouses have methodically stripped away their powers to do so.
Aug. 23 2016 5:30 AMFull HouseExpensive American cities need to embrace group living. A messy fight in Colorado shows how hard that can be.
July 21 2016 2:17 PMWhy the RNC Won’t Do a Thing for ClevelandThe city has poured civic energy and hundreds of millions of dollars into the event. It’s unlikely to get much back.
July 12 2016 9:30 AMHow Did the Pedestrian Cross the Road?At a multiple-threat crossing, with great difficulty. How to avoid getting killed (or killing anyone).
June 7 2016 12:31 PMCan America’s Worst Transit System Be Saved?Detroit has a chance to allay decades of discord and neglect—if suburbanites vote to put the region first.
April 29 2016 1:48 PMBaltimore’s Next Mayor Doesn’t Want to Talk About RacismToo bad almost every issue in Baltimore, from segregation to transportation, is a race issue.
April 12 2016 12:24 PMThere Is Nothing Accidental About School SegregationIn his new book, Matt Delmont shows how controversies over “forced busing” allowed racist school policies in the North to persist.